It is easy to get stuck in a fashion rut or to let time and society pigeonhole your sense of style. Be bold! You only live once. If you think a look is edgy, or maybe too risqué for a certain environment, don't chuck it altogether. Consider carefully whether you can tone it down.
Here are some examples:Are you afraid the skirt is too short? First, hold your arms down at your sides. Do the tips of your fingers touch the hem? You're good; proceed to party. Is the hem around a finger-length above the tips of your fingers? It's your call, but you could try adding opaque tights in the same color as your skirt. You'll probably find it works fine.Is the skirt a palm-length or more above your fingertips? Proceed with caution! Think about who else will attend the party. If it's your work colleagues, you may want to skip it. If it is your peers, use your own discretion and trust your instinct. If you're going to be uncomfortable all night and tugging on your hem, skip it. You want to be able to enjoy the party.Is your dress sleeveless and you're afraid of being chilly? Or have you been wearing the same little black dress for years? Try adding a bright pop of color with a pashmina shawl or a satin jacket or wrap. You can also use this trick to make an old look appear brand-new. Don't be afraid of color. An easy test is to step into a dressing room with a piece you're considering and hold it up against your face: If it doesn't wash you out and doesn't clash with your outfit, it will work.
Finally, if your budget is extra tight, or you just absolutely cannot make anything in your closet work, don't forget the consignment and secondhand stores. They offer affordable fashion on a budget. Tammy Krepshaw, of The Consignment Company, says they're always willing to work with their customers to help them get just the right look for any event.
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Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.